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    Doña María de los Dolores Gutiérrez del Mazo y Pérez

    Among colonial Puerto Rico’s well-heeled elite was the peninsular Spaniard Doña María de los Dolores. At age fifteen she crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Cadiz with her mother and stepfather, a newly appointed sergeant major in the San Juan division of the Spanish navy. She is depicted here six years later, at the time of her marriage to fellow Spaniard Don Benito Pérez (the future viceroy of New Granada), whose name is inscribed, along with hers, on the folded letters on the marble tabletop. Doña María would have responded to letters from her new husband in the asistencia or gabinete of her home in San Juan, using a fashionable writing set such as the one on view nearby.

    Entre la élite adinerada del Puerto Rico colonial se encontraba la española peninsular doña María de los Dolores, quien a los quince años cruzó el océano Atlántico desde Cádiz con su madre y padrastro, un sargento mayor recién designado a la división de San Juan de la marina española. Aquí aparece representada seis años más tarde, en el momento de su matrimonio con su compatriota, el español don Benito Pérez (el futuro virrey de Nueva Granada), cuyo nombre esta inscrito, junto al suyo, sobre las cartas dobladas en la mesa de mármol. Doña María habría respondido a las misivas de su nuevo marido en la asistencia o gabinete de su casa en San Juan, usando un recado de escribir a la moda como el que se aprecia cerca en la exposición.

    • Artist: José Campeche, Puerto Rican, 1751-1809
    • Medium: Oil on canvas
    • Dates: ca. 1796
    • Dimensions: 32 11/16 x 26 in. (83 x 66 cm) frame: 43 5/16 x 29 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (110.1 x 74.9 x 11.4 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:European Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
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    • Accession Number: 2012.45
    • Credit Line: Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown, by exchange
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: José Campeche (Puerto Rican, 1751-1809). Doña María de los Dolores Gutiérrez del Mazo y Pérez, ca. 1796. Oil on canvas, 32 11/16 x 26 in. (83 x 66 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown, by exchange, 2012.45
    • Image: overall, 2012.45_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
    • Record Completeness: Good (66%)
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